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Division II-A Playoffs

Football: Franklin's season ends in first round; Johnson, Walker lead Page to shutout win

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Football Playoffs Round 1 - Franklin at Cane Ridge

After squeaking into the playoffs with wins in four of its last five regular-season games, Franklin’s good fortunes ended Friday at Cane Ridge.

The Region 6-6A fourth-seeded Rebels (5-6) couldn’t hold the Region 5-5A top-seeded Ravens (8-3) down, falling 42-7 and ending their season in the playoffs’ first round.

Franklin was right in the thick of things at the end of the first quarter, limiting Cane Ridge to one touchdown, coming in the final seconds of the frame.

Once the second quarter started, it was all Ravens.

The home team scored 21 points in the second quarter on three touchdown passes from Xayvion Clemmons, giving him four passing scores in the first half alone. He threw one more after halftime.

Cane Ridge’s 28-0 halftime lead blossomed to 42-0 by the time the Rebels finally got on the board with a Guy Lipscomb 3-yard rushing TD with just over a minute remaining in the game.

Lipscomb finished with 35 yards rushing and 66 receiving, and he scored the team’s lone score.

Franklin managed 191 total yards while giving up 482 and turned the ball over three times, two coming on interceptions thrown by Connor Beavon and Joshua Nichols.

The loss sends the Rebels home after the first round for the second year in a row. They lost 41-6 at Cane Ridge a season ago.

Page 42, Hunters Lane 0, Class 5A first round

A dominating two-way performance sent Page to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs Friday.

The Patriots (10-1), Region 5’s top seed, played host to Region 6 four seed Hunters Lane (3-8) and were impressive on both sides of the ball in a 42-0 shutout victory.

It was the Bubba Johnson and Cade Walker show offensively, as the running back and quarterback accounted for all six touchdowns. 

Johnson got things started by finishing off a six-play drive early in the first quarter with a 2-yard touchdown, and Walker followed up with a 42-yard passing score to Hayes Barnett four minutes later. Johnson then capped the first quarter with his second TD, this time from 21 yards, with just over a minute left in the frame to put his team up 21-0.

The first-quarter explosion was plenty enough points for Page, which used its stout defense to limit the Warriors to just 80 yards on 39 plays in the game. The home team wasn’t done on offense yet, though.

Walker threw his second and third TD passes in the second quarter before Johnson put a bow on the night with his third score in the third quarter.

Johnson finished with 158 yards on 19 carries, while Walker connected on five of his 10 pass attempts, three completions going for TDs, for 103 yards. Walker’s three scoring tosses went to three different receivers — Barnett, Miles Bonn and Til Cheshire.

The Patriots advance to the second round, where they’ll meet a familiar foe in the Summit (9-2) Spartans, who took down Gallatin Friday. The two teams met on Oct. 4 at Summit, when Page handed the Spartans their first loss of the season by a 24-14 score.

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